Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
Julie Kent is a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Childhood degrees programmes and strand leader on the new Education and Early Childhood MA programme at Nottingham Trent University. She initially qualified and practised as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS for 15 years, working with children in school and community settings.Prior to working in higher education, Julie led the team in a Sure Start Children's Centre in rural Northamptonshire with a focus on developing the inter-agency working and the early communication support for children and families. She is a qualified trainer for the Early Language Development Programme and is a Makaton Regional Tutor. Her current research interests are in the communication environment in Early Years settings and the interface between health and education in the support for children's early Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).